Council inquiry is ongoing

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An internal investigation into claims Babergh District Council negotiated with a developer to improve the chances of a housing scheme in Long Melford going ahead is continuing.

The authority has been accused of over-stepping the mark by holding discussions with David Wilson Homes during a public inquiry into whether disputed plans to build 51 homes on the former Fleetwood Caravans site should be approved.

It is alleged that, following these negotiations, the council withdrew one of the major objections to the proposals – the argument that the layout of the development was unsuitable given the size of the site near Hall Street. In doing so, it is claimed the chances of the scheme being given consent by a planning inspector were improved.

These concerns were raised during a heated annual meeting of Long Melford Parish Council last month, with many residents accusing the district council of inappropriate behaviour.

The council has said it is aware of the allegations and has launched its own internal investigation.

“The investigation into the claims is continuing and it may be the end of the month before it is concluded,” said a district council spokeswoman.